3.7 stars. At first I didn't much care for it as it never reaches the carnivalesque dementedness of 'Braindead', nor its gloopy gore, but it's a much quieter, more introspective film than that. While it is a parody of affirmation, it is more concerned with affirming fan culture than horror cinema per se. Many of the best jokes have nought to do with zombies. I love Shaun's vinyl selection! Warm and still twitching.
This film does a great job at combining horror with comedy, along with sneaking in some romance to top it off. It parodies "Dawn of the Dead" along with poking fun at other zombie flicks, quite brilliantly if I might add. The structure of the story, along with its presentation, truly sets the theme and vibe of a zombie apocalypse, and we get to see the characters (hilariously) deal with the situations they're dealt.
It's not just a nice nod to Romero, Savini and Fulci, but also a parody that actually tries not to be a parody but rather stand on its own - and it succeeds by doing that. So, the only major flaw is actually not taking itself seriously as it should - while the introduction brings characters that are comically interrupted in their everyday routine that mirrors our own, the ending comes as exaggerated MTV slapstick.
This movie has introduce me to director Edgar Wright. For the first viewing, I fell in love with this movie immediately. I loved everything about this movie. From acting, humor, and cinematography. For the second viewing, I think SHAUN OF THE DEAD is getting better and better. There's a lot of things - that I missed from the first viewing. I found so many new things from the second viewing. One of my favorite movie..
Somehow this beloved film still isn't praised enough – chalk it up to the limited legitimacy of genre. My word for this movie is exquisite. It is exquisitely made. Seriously. It's still so much more than its pedigree. The foreshadowing, the book-ended narrative details, the wordplay, the mingling of verbal with visual comedy, the masterful, pointed editing. This movie, truly, seriously! is STAGGERING. Pure cinema.